It has arrived: Spokane to Sandpoint! My first ultra relay experience will start in less than 2 days!
December seems like ages ago when Nicole asked me if I wanted to run Spokane to Sandpoint on a female ultra team. Since I can never say “no” to a fun running event, I eagerly said “yes”. A lot has changed since the first email exchange. Soon after the team was finalized, Nicole found out she was pregnant so Robyn took over the leadership role. Then we lost another couple of runners and were scrambling to find replacements. What started out as team “Awesome Bloggers” has now become “Girls Just Wanna Run”. You can bet that we will blaring some Cyndi Lauper along the way!
Robyn did a great job figuring out how we would divide the legs between the 6 of us. We decided to make our first leg the longest, which I think is a great idea. Out of all the legs I have to run, my first leg makes me the most nervous. Since I am runner #1 I have a brutal descent down Mt. Spokane for the first 5 (ish) miles. The elevation drop is pretty nuts, but I am ready for it. Both my massage stick and foam roller are packed and ready to go!
Of the the 5 other women on the team I have never met 3 of them so I am really looking forward to meeting Rose, Amy & Jordanne tomorrow. The team is rounded out by Kaitlyn who is a colleague and Robyn who is another blogger from the Seattle area. I am really looking forward to hanging out with Robyn this weekend because we have a lot of similarities and she is a kick as* runner.
Here are my legs that I will be running and the approximate time I will be running them:
Leg #1 5 miles Very Hard 7:00 am
Leg #2 8.11 miles Very Hard (combined with leg #1)
Leg #16 5.17 miles Moderate 7:10 pm
Leg #24 6.65 miles Moderate 2:01 am
Leg #30 9.20 miles Very Hard 9:35 am
Total miles: 34.13
After about 30 (ish) hours we will have run from the top of Mt. Spokant to Sandpoint, ID
Who wouldn't want a finish line here?! (SOURCE)
Now that all of the logistics are figured out I am ready to run and have some serious fun. I was really conservative on my 10K pace when I signed up and said I would average 8:35 miles. That should be a nice comfy pace for me to run. Hopefully those aren't my famous last words :-)
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